By Demola Akinyemi, Ilorin
The Kwara State Government has relaxed the sanctions imposed on the traditional rulers of Iloffa and Odo-Owa following the outbreak of violent crises between the two communities in Irepodun Local Government Areas of the state.
This followed intervention by the Kwara state chairman of Councils of Chiefs,Emir of ilorin, Alh Ibrahim Sulu Gambari.
Recall that the two erring monarchs locked horns over which community should first sell new yam,a crisis that cost lives and properties worth millions of naira in the duo communities of Iloffa and Odo-Owa.
Kwara state government had set up judicial commission of inquiry which among others recommended sanctions that was implemented by the government last week.
But announcing the review of the punishment yesterday,Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Sola Gold, said the forfeiture of monarchs’ salaries, restriction to their domains and exclusion from official assignments earlier imposed by the State Executive Council has now been reduced from three months to 30 days.
Gold said this became necessary because The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu Gambari (CFR), had given assurance to the state government that the Aloffa of Ilofa and the Olota of Odo-Owa will ensure the maintenance of peace and harmony between the neighbouring communities. While giving assurance of the Kwara State government’s preparedness to protect the lives and property of the entire people of Kwara State, Alhaji Gold urged all communities to ensure peace with their neighbors.
He said the full weight of the law will be brought to bear on anyone found to be promoting violence or discord between and among communities in the state no matter how highly placed.